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The Last Word With Lewis Woodard Talks Bobcats With Colin Hoggard

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The Last Word 3-15-2013 – The Mac Attack’s Colin Hoggard joins Lewis for a full-scale “State of the Bobcats” podcast. They debate the most pressing big picture questions facing the franchise as the 2012-2013 season ends. Can this season be viewed as a success despite the record? Does head coach Mike Dunlap deserve a second season? Which players on this roster project to be long term starters? Who should the organization draft in 2013?

Time stamps are included in parentheses.

Despite the ugly record, Colin views the season as a success (1:41). “It is a success because this season is not about wins and losses.” He continues, “Seeing the improvement of those young guys, to me, is how I judge this season. And I think the progress has been good, particularly with Kemba and Biz.” Lewis agrees that Kemba has taken a leap forward, but isn’t sold on Bismack.

As for head coach Mike Dunlap, Colin feels that he deserves a second season in Charlotte (7:58). “Again, I don’t think you judge him on wins and losses.” He later adds, “From what I’ve seen, Mike Dunlap will be the coach next year.”  Lewis is on the same page about firing Dunlap. “It would be unfair. They give him the worst roster in the NBA and only one year to work with it. What would you expect?” They both hope to see Dunlap develop a more consistent playing rotation next year, however.

Their debate shifts to Kemba Walker and whether he’s a long term starter (11:54). Colin isn’t sold just yet.  “I’m curious if he can handle the distributor role on a regular basis. We know he can score.” At worst, Colin considers him a Jason Terry-like bench scorer for the Cats. Lewis calls Kemba their best player and considers a future bench role for him “sobering.”

When it comes to Gerald Henderson, Colin feels strongly that the Bobcats shouldn’t overpay to keep him (15:13). Colin notes, “This is a guy that’s posted twice as many games scoring less than 10 points than he has 20 or more points.” When asked to pinpoint a fair price for Henderson, Colin settles between$3-4.5 million a year. Lewis adds that Hendo will find a sweeter offer on the market. They both agree that drafting McLemore would make it easier to let Henderson walk.

Both Lewis and Colin have a hard time evaluating Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s potential (22:17). Both think highly of his hustle and intangibles, but aren’t sure if he’ll ever develop the impact on offense you’d want from a no. 2 overall pick.

Lewis is even less certain about Bismack Biyombo’s future value (30:02). He offers, “I think there are more people that would say that he’s never going to be a quality NBA big than would bet on his athleticism, his youth and his potential.” Colin strongly disagrees and is a self-proclaimed “Biz-liever.” He wants everyone to just relax and give Biz time to develop, “It takes guys 4-6 years to totally figure it out.” He continues, “Stop trying to rush Biz along. There aren’t many guys who can defend a pick and roll and guard a center one on one.”

After looking forward to the potential stars in the 2014 draft, Lewis and Colin focus on who the Bobcats should select in the 2013 draft (42:54).  Colin explains that after passing on primary scorers for guys like Biz and MKG, the Bobcats finally need to draft a guy that can fill it up.  He states, “I think they need a primary scorer at that two guard position and I think Ben McLemore is that guy.” While Lewis is enamored with Nerlens Noel’s potential impact on defense, he eventually agrees that McLemore would look good in a Cats (or Hornets) jersey next season.

~Lewis Woodard, WFNZ Sports Radio The Fan 610 AM

Find Lewis on Twitter @LewWoodard

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